Red Robin Policarpio frontrunner for NCAA 95 MVP as San Beda's Amsali DQ'd

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2019 06:41 PM
Policarpio frontrunner for NCAA 95 MVP as Amsali DQ'd
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Despite playing only six games, Jonnel Policarpio is at the lead in the MVP race of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The main man of Mapua High School averaged 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 blocks after missing the first three games of the season due to personal problems.

And even though the Red Robins have had a slow start to their title defense, those numbers were still more than enough to give Policarpio a 51.50 Player's Average Value (PAV) - best among eligible candidates.

Rhayyan Amsali of San Beda High School is actually no. 1 in terms of PAV at 52.86, but because he was levied a one-game suspension for an "illegal action," as per league rules, he is ineligible to win individual awards.

As such, Amsali will not be qualified for MVP, the Mythical Team, and even the Rookie of the Year honor that he is, far and away, the frontrunner for.

Still, the top individual award is not Policarpio's to lose as breathing down his neck is the Lyceum of the Philippines duo of Mac Guadana and John Barba.

Guadana has posted per game counts of 19.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 steals for a 49.44 PAV while Barba has posted per game counts of 19.0 markers, 9.1 boards, and 2.9 dimes for a 48.13 PAV.

Completing the top five are San Beda's Justine Sanchez and Yukien Andrada who have a 46.44 and 45.44 PAV, respectively.

With Amsali disqualified, the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, meanwhile, is College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills' Jan Manansala.


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